For CaixaBank, it is essential to drive the sustainable transition by guiding companies, individuals and society as a whole towards a carbon-neutral economy that promotes sustainable development.
Environmental protection is one of our strategic priorities and we have an Environmental and climate strategy with the aim of contributing to this transition by financing and investing in sustainable projects, managing environmental and climate risk and reducing the direct impact of our operations.
It includes information on our global strategy and governance with regard to climate-related risks and opportunities, as well as data on our greenhouse gas emissions, both operational and from the financing and investment portfolio, and our decarbonization targets.
As a founding member of the Net Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA), promoted by the United Nations, at CaixaBank we are committed to being carbon neutral by 2050 and we are working to move the portfolio towards zero greenhouse gas emissions1.
We have set intermediate emission reduction targets for 2030 in our financing and investment portfolios, specifically in the sectors with the highest intensity of greenhouse gas emissions (electricity, oil and gas, automotive and iron and steel).
Additionally, we will stop financing companies involved in thermal coal activities2, reducing our exposure to zero by 2030. In line with the ambition to be a reference in sustainability in Europe, we will continue making progress in setting decarbonisation targets in accordance with our commitment as a founding member of the Net Zero Banking Alliance. The phase out is as well aligned with the recommendation of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to limit the increase in global temperature to a maximum of 1.5º. At CaixaBank, we will continue financing the transition to a carbon-neutral economy and supporting clients committed with a coal phase out by 2030.
|Sector||Emissions Scope||Metric||Scenario||Base year||Baseline year metric||Reduction target (2030)||Metric target (2030)|
|Electricity||1||Physical intensity||IEA Net Zero 20503||2020||136 kgCO2e/MWh||-30 %||95 kgCO2e/MWh|
|Oil and gas||1,2,3||Total financed emission||IEA Net Zero 20503||2020||9.08 MtCO2e||-23 %||6.99 MtCO2e|
|Auto||34||Physical intensity||IEA Net Zero 20503||2022||154 gCO2/vkm||-33 %||103 gCO2/vkm|
|Iron and Steel||1+2||Physical intensity||IEA Net Zero 20503||2022||1,230 kgCO2e/t steel||- [10-20] %||1,107 - 984 kgCO2e/t steel|
|Coal||N/A||Total exposure||N/A||2022||€2,845 Mn (€213 Mn taking into account mitigating factors5)||-100 %||€0 Mn|
In keeping with our commitment under the NZBA framework, by April 2024 we plan to establish concurrent objectives for other sectors thar are heavy emitters of greenhouse gases, both in our credit financing and investment portfolios, as well as for subsidiaries with material exposures in these priority sectors.
(1) Currently, the NZBA is the standard of reference for decarbonisation target setting in the banking sector, representing 40% of banking assets globally, and commits us to setting science-based targets. However, being aware that SBTi (Science Based Targets Initiative) is the standard of reference for non-financial sectors, there are ongoing initiatives to assess how to make both standards compatible without duplicating objectives and efforts. The NZBA working group, led by UNEP FI and of which CaixaBank is part, is working to solve these issues and determine next steps.
(2) Clients whose revenues from thermal coal mining and/or coal-fired power generation exceed 5% of the total.
(3) Net Zero by 2050. A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector from May 2021.
(4) Scope 3 emissions, category 11 are covered: tank-to-wheel.
(5) Mitigating factors are considered to be phase-out commitments <=2030 or renewable financing only.
Financial institutions have a key role to play in achieving the targets of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, and that is why we implement our commitment directly through our own operations and indirectly through our relationships with clients, investees, business partners and the value chain as a whole.
We are a CDP Climate Change Leader thanks to our contribution to combat climate change on a global scale. CaixaBank is included on the A List since 2021.
At CaixaBank we work with the aim of contributing to the transition to a carbon neutral economy by financing and investing in sustainable projects and supporting the sustainable transition of our customers.
Our commitment to environmental sustainability is set out in our Sustainability Principles and Code of Ethics and Business Principles, and is further developed in our Sustainability strategy.
CaixaBank has also strengthened the sustainability governance framework by adapting the strategy control, oversight and implementation bodies with robust governance on sustainability risks and climate risk management.